This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to provide clinical nursing skills for a person with complex needs and to contribute to complex nursing interventions using critical thinking and problem-solving. This unit applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses, and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia regulatory authority legislative requirements.

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - undertaken nursing work in accordance with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia professional standards of practice, codes and guidelines; - analysed, planned and evaluated the health care of 3 people using health information and clinical presentation to determine possible nursing interventions, in consultation with a registered nurse in the workplace; - performed interventions in the workplace or in a simulated environment, specific to care of a person with complex needs, and; - emptied and changed 1 urinary drainage bag in the workplace.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - common disorders and conditions, and the correct terminology; - diagnostic tests for diagnosis of common conditions and disorders of body systems; - collecting specimens, including blood; - how to perform nursing interventions; - mediation, negotiation and conflict resolution as associated with nursing intervention principles for recognising a deteriorating person; - referral options and resources available in community and health care settings; - critical thinking, including its characteristics and the differences between critical thinking, creative thinking and problem-solving, and; - nursing interventions associated with reproductive and urinary system disorders and conditions including conditions which require a bladder washout.

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